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Friday, January 09, 2009

Definitions for eclectic

  1. selecting and using what seems best from various sources or systems; made up of selections from various sources
  2. broad in acceptance of ideas or approval from other sources

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Citations for eclectic
But, populated by an eclectic collection of Taino Indians, Spanish colonialists, black Africans and -- later on -- vacationing Americans, the city's disparate ethnic roots were to provide ideal ingredients for an impending cooking revolution. Brendan Sainsbury, Miami Herald
Offering comedians, cooking classes, rock concerts, authors and a sex therapist, along with an eclectic collection of worship services, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in downtown Washington doesn't fit the mold of a standard house of worship. Jacqueline L. Salmon, The Washington Post
Origin of eclectic
1675-1685
by 1683, from French eclectique, from Greek eklektikos "selective," literally "picking out," from eklektos "selected," from eklegein "pick out, select," from ek "out" + legein "gather, choose." Originally a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; broader sense is first recorded 1814.